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Jim Petersman
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Posted: 09 February 2019 at 1:35pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

It is, of course, tremendously gratifying to me that this (in my mind) lesser light means so much to so many of you, and far be it from me to ever denigrate your fondness for the title. Just don’t look for me to share it!
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Last year I met up with someone I used to work with 25 years ago. We were sharing stories from the old days when she became really animated and brought up a story about a co-worker with much delight and enthusiasm. "Remember when....!"

Nothing. I remembered nothing about it at all and the look of surprise turning into disappointment turning into disbelief from her was palpable. What the hell was wrong with me that I couldn't remember what was, to her, such a clearly remarkable story that we both participated in?!

The night of reminiscing cooled after that and the promises to stay in touch (made earlier in the evening) remain unfulfilled to this day. My failure to remember - and remember enthusiastically! - something that happened a quarter of a century ago was treated as something of a betrayal.

....far be it from me to ever denigrate your fondness for the [memory]. Just don’t look for me to share it!

I get it and am grateful enough for the stories (and memories) that I wouldn't want JB to ever work on something he wasn't 100% enthusiastic about, but I still wish he could briefly see Alpha through my eyes, if only to feel his characters standing equally amongst those of Stan's, Jack's and Steve's. I miss their stories just as much as I miss the stories of the FF or X-Men.

They deserved better than what Marvel did to them.

In an attempt to pull us back towards the topic of the thread, I have to say that I'm excited that there is a possibility that the X-Men of the Dark Phoenix era will have another chance to see the light of day and be a part of new stories. They also deserve better (IMO) than what I last saw them getting. Here's to hoping!
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I should clarify a little. I LOVE the characters themselves. Each began in my mind as a vast, nearly blank canvas, and I’ve rarely had so much fun, professionally as I did weaving in the stories of their lives. Stories I have since seen shredded by other writers.

So, for the sake of my sanity, I have forced myself to accept that I live in an age when nothing can be considered bulletproof, and the true versions of these characters can live only in my head.

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Wallace Sellars
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Posted: 09 February 2019 at 6:56pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

How much control does/should Nightcrawler have over his tail? I seem to recall an issue of EXCALIBUR that showed him fencing with it.
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Posted: 09 February 2019 at 7:43pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I felt it was pretty prehensile.
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Brian Miller
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I was flipping thru some of these pages again, and I’ve meant to ask keep forgetting, JB — I’ve noticed you’ve changed the “flares/horns?” coming off Wolverine’s boots. They’re flaring out above the calves when in the past you had them coming out from the calf area. Was this a conscious change?
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Sean Sullivan
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Posted: 10 February 2019 at 3:19am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I think it's cool that you would draw a character you 'don't love' because he fits the story you want to tell.

Reffering to Madox, whom you mentioned drawing several pages ago.
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Looking at the drawer full of ELSEWHEN issues that have accumulated since I began this "project", I was made aware again of the uphill battle I will be fighting with a certain strata of fandom.

I realized, for instance, that despite what I may have said earlier, my first issue is really not the "next issue" after 137. Even allowing that the recap in 138 would have happened as Chris and I originally planned, there is still a lapse of some weeks, or even months, between the showdown on the Moon and my Savage Land story. It's this, as much as anything, that has had me spending the last few days pruning and grafting, cutting pages, shuffling pages, adding pages.

Alas, my circular cliffhanger has been a casualty in all this. The issue now reads in straight chronological order. (Trying to figure how I can reshape that Wolverine/Sauron page and make it the cover.)

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Posted: 10 February 2019 at 9:34am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Niiiiiiiiiiiice. 
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Regarding Giles, I tended to appreciate his artistic skills more than the humour of his cartoons.
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Alas, my circular cliffhanger has been a casualty in all this. The issue now reads in straight chronological order. (Trying to figure how I can reshape that Wolverine/Sauron page and make it the cover.)

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Sorry for the sacrifice of the circular cliffhanger but happy to finally have a revealed "cover"! Well you can still draw another cover because the actual norm is to have multiple variant covers for the 1st issue.
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Jeffrey Rice
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That is too bad about the circular cliffhanger. It read and flowed really well. 

With the mention of Multiple Man above, it reminds me there are several characters from the era that have not been written without Chris' dialog. I am eager to read them. 
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Richard Palmgren
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Posted: 13 February 2019 at 9:36am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Hey, here's my random questions of the week:

Do you have complete control of how your pages are colored?  Was there ever a time (or does it happen often) that the colors on the printed page didn't match what you had intended?  And what color do you envision Cyclops' costume to be?  (obviously it has yellow, but I've always thought the rest of it was "Comic Book Black", ala Bruce Wayne's hair)
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Coloring is not even in the game, yet.
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Richard Palmgren
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Posted: 13 February 2019 at 11:40am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

oh sorry, I wasn't referring to Elsewhen, just in general about how the process works and whether you hold control of how things get colors
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Posted: 13 February 2019 at 2:14pm | IP Logged | 15 post reply

The busiest my board has been in quite a while!!

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Michael Penn
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Posted: 13 February 2019 at 2:20pm | IP Logged | 16 post reply

What a delightful sight...!
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Jeffrey Rice
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The hand truck must be for moving reference books.
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Posted: 13 February 2019 at 2:37pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Reed and Ben and Sue!
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Paul Wills
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Posted: 13 February 2019 at 3:05pm | IP Logged | 19 post reply

So awesome. Triceratops is keeping good watch over your work (I love the old comics rack in the background).
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Posted: 13 February 2019 at 3:06pm | IP Logged | 20 post reply

Hypothetical comic books don't draw themselves!!

I just realized that chair doesn't look like it's from a Russian cockpit anymore.

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Paul Go
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Posted: 13 February 2019 at 3:16pm | IP Logged | 21 post reply

That's awesome.  
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Posted: 13 February 2019 at 3:56pm | IP Logged | 22 post reply

The chair to which you refer was from a “Russian” catalog, not a Russian plane. Currently it’s out having its base repaired.
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Posted: 13 February 2019 at 3:59pm | IP Logged | 23 post reply

Full page Fantastic Four makes me smile.
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JB: The chair to which you refer was from a “Russian” catalog, not a Russian
plane. Currently it’s out having its base repaired.

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Thanks. I misremembered. It gave me the impression of being an airplane seat
and that impression apparently took on a life of its own in my mind. I like it, so
I'm glad to hear it is still around.
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Oh, it’s from a plane. Just not a Ruskie. Allegedly a B52.
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